Disability Awareness Badge
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Cubs earning this badge develop a basic awareness of the many issues facing disabled persons and increased knowledge of how to make the community and its services more accessible. 
Do any four (4) of the following:
- Recognize the International Symbol of Accessibility and point out places where this sign is found.
- Discuss with your leader how building entrances, water fountains, elevators, public telephones and washrooms, and sidewalk corner curbs can be made more accessible to persons in wheelchairs.
- Visit your library and find out how books are made available for visually impaired people.
- Meet with a social worker, agency representative or knowledgeable adult as to what services are available in your community to people with various disabilities.
- Talk to your gym teacher, Parks and Recreation department or leader about how disabled persons participate and compete in various sports.
- Talk to a representative from the phone company; TV station or other knowledgeable adult about what services are available for the hearing impaired.
- Find out what American Sign Language (ASL) is. Learn some sign language and how to sign your name.
- Where possible, meet with a disabled person and talk about that personâs personal interests and activities.
- The Cub Book page 211 Disability Awareness
- Rent / loan from a disability association 6 to 8 wheel chairs and have your cubs participate in a game where they have to be in wheelchairs â have them see how difficult it is to play hockey or basketball.
- Play games where people have been blindfolded and must figure out what to do based on their own hearing or on directions provided by others. A neat game is to be blind folded and then directed along a dotted line in the gym.
- Assign one cub to lead another blindfolded cub through a daily task â such as pretend to boil water to make a cup of tea or to make supper. Swap the cubs around so they can both experience the challenge.
- Make a craft/signaling game where the only means of communication is through sign language. Make up a rule â no talking â only sign language. Can you imagine how quiet your pack can really be? Make it a fun test â those who speak are out and see who can last the longest by using ASL to communicate.
- Bring in a person from the Guide Dog for the Blind â find out how guide dogs are trained. See how calm the dogs are. Watch your physical fitness forms for allergies on this activity.
- Get a Para Olympian or other para-athlete into your pack meeting.
- Taken from MEASURING SUCCESS - THE SCOUTING WAY